Q-and-A with Tyler Nixt

Jan. 9, 2004

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Senior Tyler Nixt is undefeated a 20-0 in overall collegiate competition and 6-0 in dual competition this season at 174 pounds. The Greene, IA, native recently sat down with hawkeyesports.com to talk about his life on and off the mat.

What impresses you the most about Coach Zalesky?
“His dedication and commitment to the program.”

What was your first impression when you met him?
“It was hard to tell when he was serious or joking.”

When your career at Iowa is completed, how do you want Hawkeye fans to remember you
“As a winner.”

What was your most embarrassing moment on the mat?
“Getting beat out of the NCAA tournament last year in Kansas City.”

Nixt and the Hawkeyes entertain top ranked Oklahoma State Sunday at 1 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
“You have to decide what is important to you.”

What activities/hobbies do you do in your spare time or in the off-season?
“Play with my dog, play video games, Frisbee, riding my bicycle, yard work.”

If you were on a deserted island, which of your teammates would you want to have with you and why?
“Cliff Moore, we are kind of similar, both like to compete and he probably could find things to do that I would not think of.”

What attracted you to the University of Iowa?
“The coaches, the atmosphere and the history of the wrestling program.”

If you could meet anyone (past or present) who would it be and why?
“The designer of the Great Pyramid, to find out how they knew how to make it.”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
“In Iowa City; this is where I am most comfortable.”

What do you do to unwind after a match?
“I usually bike a little to cool down, then I watch my teammates that wrestle after me.”

What movie in your collection would you consider to be the most embarrassing?
“A Life Less Ordinary.”

What is your biggest pet peeve?
“Being told I am wrong when I know I am right.”

What will you miss most about being a student-athlete at the University of Iowa?
“My teammates and the competition”